A candidate Republicans hope will help them retake control of the U.S. Senate next fall, former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, was in the unwelcome position Friday of testifying as a prosecution witness at a trial of two men accused of funneling more than $100,000 in Russian money into U.S. political campaigns.
Laxalt spent about two hours on the witness stand in federal court in Manhattan detailing the intense scramble for cash in the closing weeks of his race for Nevada governor in 2018. His appearance came on the third day of testimony at the trial of Lev Parnas, a Florida businessman charged with making illegal political donations through straw donors and on behalf of a Russian national.
Laxalt was repeatedly pressed to describe his own efforts to scrounge for donations as attorneys recited text messages and emails involving some of the key figures in the case.
Under questioning by a prosecutor, Laxalt described how he was introduced to Parnas, saying he first